With all the talk of decline in the American Church these days, it’s time for us to do something about it. I know many solutions have been offered for this crisis, but I think I have something to say that will turn the tide. After all, if we don’t do something fast the next president may be another Democrat.
It’s not exactly a sermon in the traditional sense of the word, but it will do.
Happy Resurrection Day!
In preparing for Easter, I’ve been reading the accounts of Jesus’ appearances after the resurrection and noting the impact. It’s a pretty cool way to approach Easter. One thread that I have picked up on has not been obvious to me until now.
My wife sent this to me and it just about wrecked me. Had the neighbor kid not rung the doorbell when he did, I would have been crying like a baby. The bit about having the Bride’s attention while Jesus is watching – are you a friend to the Bride or competition – is a challenge. Jesus is not an entrepreneur building a business. He’s a bridegroom wooing a bride.
I think I need to watch this every day.
I was recently sharing a meal with a friend and we were talking about how neither of us ever expected to be where we are now in life. I was laughing (maybe a little too loud for a crowded restaurant) about how if God had presented me with the full reality of where He was taking me, I would have said no without hesitation. And not because I’m not happy with where I am. On the contrary. I would have said no because it would have seemed too big, too impossible, and way over my head.
This is the end of a long lecture that Mark Driscoll did at the Resurgence 13 conference. He was presenting some findings from his recent research project on the top reasons why Americans reject Christianity. It’s very informative, though nothing was that surprising. What he found was that all of the top reasons are surrounding the issue of tolerance (that word has been redefined too).
At the end of the rather laid back teaching, he just kind of cuts loose as he is explaining that sometimes what our culture needs is for us to get louder, not softer as Peter often did in Acts. The result is some of the best extemporaneous preaching I’ve seen in a while.
I meet people all the time that suffer from debilitating anxiety. I don’t know if it is on the rise, or if I’m just hearing about it more because people are becoming more comfortable discussing it. It’s hard to tell which it is.